This event marked the official launch for Commonwealth Chemistry. Baroness Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Vicki Gardiner, President-Elect of Commonwealth Chemistry launched Commonwealth Chemistry and introduced the event, highlighting the importance of the Commonwealth and the role that the chemical sciences can play to benefit the nations of the Commonwealth and their people. This was followed by a panel discussion addressing the topic of gender parity across the Commonwealth.
The retention and progression of women in the chemical sciences remains imbalanced compared to their male peers.
This is compounded by an even deeper problem: cultural and educational barriers rob many young girls and women of the opportunity to study chemistry and follow a career in the chemical sciences.
To mark both International Women’s Day and Commonwealth Day, this webinar, a collaboration between Commonwealth Chemistry and Chemistry World, explores ways to overcome the barriers that prevent women from fully participating in the chemical sciences.
Our speakers, Carole Mundell (international science envoy, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), Sarah Overington (director of the science promotion and operations division of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [NSERC]) and Gloria Obuzor (University of Port Harcourt and Former President, Chemical Society of Nigeria) discussed:
- perspectives on gender issues throughout the Commonwealth and cultural challenges to attract and retain women in the chemical sciences
- gender inequality and its consequences in research culture, including gender bias in publishing
- policies on integrating diversity and gender equality from the perspective of a funding agency
Gender equality is one of the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals – the pressing challenges that require urgent, global action by 2030.
BSL interpretation was provided by Rachael Dance and Steve Churchill.
Introducing Commonwealth Chemistry
Baroness Scotland of Asthal
Vicki Gardiner, President-Elect, Commonwealth Chemistry
Joining us to discuss gender parity
Speaker: Carole Mundell, international science envoy, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Speaker: Sarah Overington, director, Science Promotions and Operations, NSERC
Speaker: Gloria Obuzor, University of Port Harcourt & former president Nigeria Chemical Society
Facilitating the webinar
Interpreters: Rachael Dance and Steve Churchill
Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World magazine
Commonwealth Chemistry – the Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Societies. Bound together in the spirit of the Commonwealth, we champion equal opportunity for all, drive innovation, and promote excellence in the chemical sciences for the benefit of the Commonwealth nations and their people.
Chemistry is the universal language that unites us. We celebrate and elevate the role and practice of the chemical sciences, to society and policymakers across the Commonwealth.